Updated Fargo flood plain maps coming in JuneFargoans should see updated flood plain maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about June 26, City Engineer Mark Bittner said Friday.
By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM
Fargoans should see updated flood plain maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about June 26, City Engineer Mark Bittner said Friday.
Bittner said his staff has heard little else from FEMA about the Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The maps show what properties lie in the new 100-year flood plain, and therefore require flood insurance if they carry mortgages.
Bittner and other officials said last fall they wanted to start construction on Fargo’s $161 million Southside Flood Control Project by June.
But there have been delays, including an environmental impact protest raised by an unknown party, Mayor Dennis Walaker said.
“I think it would have to get going perfectly for us to actually start throwing dirt this fall,” Bittner said.
Fargo has $11 million in federal funds for the project, Walaker said. He said he has not heard yet if any federal stimulus money will be available for it.
Walaker said the city hopes to split the remaining $150 million with the state. He hopes the Legislature grants $30 million to $40 million in funding this biennium, and the balance in the next biennium.
Two meetings on flood issues are set next week:
- The Southeast Cass Water Resource District will meet in the Fargo City Commission chambers from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to update local officials on the Southside project.
- FEMA will conduct a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N. Local, state and federal officials will answer questions on the spring flood outlook, insurance, and flood preparation.
Readers can reach Forum reporterHelmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583